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Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

narramissic writes “A trifecta of Kindle-related news surfaced this week, with Jeff Bezos speaking at Wired’s ‘Disruptive by Design’ conference on topics including Kindle pricing and business models. And yesterday, reports blogger Peter Smith, ‘there was a flurry of blogging activity yesterday stating that Amazon had released the Kindle source code. Once everyone caught their breath, it became apparent that the files in question were just some open source libraries that Amazon had modified (they’re being good open source citizens and releasing mods they’ve made to open source code — good for them!), not the complete source code.’ Now, back to the Kindle pricing: According to a post at Wired, Bezos said Amazon opted to sell the Kindle for ‘something akin to the actual cost for hardware,’ rather than subsidizing the hardware costs and requiring a monthly subscription or requiring the buyer to purchase a certain number of books per month because ‘fees and minimum purchase requirements create friction.’ Smith has a different take: ‘If I’m buying a Kindle from Amazon that enables me to buy books from Amazon, I’m broadcasting a desire to buy Kindle books. I would welcome some subsidization of the hardware since I’m going to be buying content anyway. No, I really think Amazon priced the Kindle the way they did because they thought they could get away with doing so (and they were right, it would seem).’ Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Bezos said ‘that he sees Kindle-the-device and Kindle-the-book-format as two separate business models, and that the Kindle iPhone App won’t be the last software reader to appear.'”

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

narramissic writes “A trifecta of Kindle-related news surfaced this week, with Jeff Bezos speaking at Wired’s ‘Disruptive by Design’ conference on topics including Kindle pricing and business models. And yesterday, reports blogger Peter Smith, ‘there was a flurry of blogging activity yesterday stating that Amazon had released the Kindle source code. Once everyone caught their breath, it became apparent that the files in question were just some open source libraries that Amazon had modified (they’re being good open source citizens and releasing mods they’ve made to open source code — good for them!), not the complete source code.’ Now, back to the Kindle pricing: According to a post at Wired, Bezos said Amazon opted to sell the Kindle for ‘something akin to the actual cost for hardware,’ rather than subsidizing the hardware costs and requiring a monthly subscription or requiring the buyer to purchase a certain number of books per month because ‘fees and minimum purchase requirements create friction.’ Smith has a different take: ‘If I’m buying a Kindle from Amazon that enables me to buy books from Amazon, I’m broadcasting a desire to buy Kindle books. I would welcome some subsidization of the hardware since I’m going to be buying content anyway. No, I really think Amazon priced the Kindle the way they did because they thought they could get away with doing so (and they were right, it would seem).’ Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Bezos said ‘that he sees Kindle-the-device and Kindle-the-book-format as two separate business models, and that the Kindle iPhone App won’t be the last software reader to appear.'”

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

narramissic writes “A trifecta of Kindle-related news surfaced this week, with Jeff Bezos speaking at Wired’s ‘Disruptive by Design’ conference on topics including Kindle pricing and business models. And yesterday, reports blogger Peter Smith, ‘there was a flurry of blogging activity yesterday stating that Amazon had released the Kindle source code. Once everyone caught their breath, it became apparent that the files in question were just some open source libraries that Amazon had modified (they’re being good open source citizens and releasing mods they’ve made to open source code — good for them!), not the complete source code.’ Now, back to the Kindle pricing: According to a post at Wired, Bezos said Amazon opted to sell the Kindle for ‘something akin to the actual cost for hardware,’ rather than subsidizing the hardware costs and requiring a monthly subscription or requiring the buyer to purchase a certain number of books per month because ‘fees and minimum purchase requirements create friction.’ Smith has a different take: ‘If I’m buying a Kindle from Amazon that enables me to buy books from Amazon, I’m broadcasting a desire to buy Kindle books. I would welcome some subsidization of the hardware since I’m going to be buying content anyway. No, I really think Amazon priced the Kindle the way they did because they thought they could get away with doing so (and they were right, it would seem).’ Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Bezos said ‘that he sees Kindle-the-device and Kindle-the-book-format as two separate business models, and that the Kindle iPhone App won’t be the last software reader to appear.'”

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide

Michael J. Ross writes “Among the more popular and better-regarded content management systems (CMSs), Drupal is distinguished partly by its building-block approach, in which a website ‘s functionality is built up in pieces, each of which is a module (either core or contributed). The opposite approach — using far fewer but more encompassing modules — is generally preferred by non-developers who do not relish integrating a sizable collection of modules or trying to modify the underlying code. Nonetheless, anyone who wishes to build a Drupal-based social website, can learn how to do so in a new e-book titled Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide.” Read below for the rest of Michael’s review.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide

Apple Relents, Adds ‘Pornographic’ E-Book Reader

By Charlie Sorrel Apple has finally approved the gorgeous-looking e-book reader, Eucalyptus, for the iTunes App Store. The application was previously banned for pornographic reasons: not because it contained objectionable material but because it could …

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Apple Relents, Adds ‘Pornographic’ E-Book Reader

Apple changes it mind, accepts Eucalyptus app

Recently, Apple rejected the iPhone app Eucalyptus entry into the company’s App Store. The reason: the e-book reader, which can search the 20,000-plus item classic library of Project Gutenberg, “contains inappropriate sexual content” by allowing access to works such as The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana…

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Apple changes it mind, accepts Eucalyptus app

Apple rejects e-book reader app over Kama Sutra(!)

Apple has rejected yet another iPhone app, Eucalyptus, over offensive content, according to Wired. The e-book reader does not contain the objectionable content, although it allows users to download titles from Project Gutenberg. Apple cites access to the Kama Sutra as the reason for rejection, despite the fact that the text must be manually added..

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Apple rejects e-book reader app over Kama Sutra(!)

On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn

heychris writes “Eucalyptus, an ebook app for iPhone, has been rejected from the App Store for “objectionable content”. What’s so objectionable? The Kama Sutra, available from Project Gutenberg, which is available on other ebook readers as well. Not only that, but the screenshot shows that you would have to search for Kama Sutra to get it; it’s not built in to Eucalyptus. The author is reasonable but frustrated, while Herr Gruber is more succinct.” I wonder how good the now-cheap Nokia 810 is as an e-book reader.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn

Scribd Becomes a DRM-Optional E-Bookstore

Miracle Jones writes “In an effort to compete with Amazon and Google, the document-hosting website Scribd will now be letting writers and publishers sell documents that they upload. They will be offering an 80/20 profit-sharing deal in favor of writers. Writers will be able to charge whatever they want. In addition, Scribd will not force any content control (although they will have a piracy database and bounce copyrighted scans) and will let writers choose to encrypt their books with DRM or not. This is big news for people in publishing, who have been seeking an alternative to Amazon for fear that Amazon is amassing too much power too quickly in this brand-new marketplace, especially after Amazon’s announcement last week that they will now be publishing books as well as selling them.”

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Monday, May 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Scribd Becomes a DRM-Optional E-Bookstore

Scribd Becomes a DRM-Optional E-Bookstore

Miracle Jones writes “In an effort to compete with Amazon and Google, the document-hosting website Scribd will now be letting writers and publishers sell documents that they upload. They will be offering an 80/20 profit-sharing deal in favor of writers. Writers will be able to charge whatever they want. In addition, Scribd will not force any content control (although they will have a piracy database and bounce copyrighted scans) and will let writers choose to encrypt their books with DRM or not. This is big news for people in publishing, who have been seeking an alternative to Amazon for fear that Amazon is amassing too much power too quickly in this brand-new marketplace, especially after Amazon’s announcement last week that they will now be publishing books as well as selling them.”

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Monday, May 18th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Scribd Becomes a DRM-Optional E-Bookstore